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Teen Stevens makes fitted dinghy history

Sailing history will be made during tomorrow’s 2013 fitted dinghy season opener in St George’s Harbour.

The occasion will see teenager Dimitri Stevens become the first black sailor to skipper Royal Bermuda Yacht Club (RBYC) entry Contest III in the annual race.

RBYC flag officer Somers Kempe is confident his successor will be equal to the task at hand.

“I think Dimitri will be equal to the task because he’s been on the boat a long time and has good people around him,” he said. “Barring a disaster I think he’ll be okay.”

College student Stevens, who sailed in last year’s Newport Bermuda Race aboard the sloop Spirit of Bermuda, demonstrated his potential as a fitted dinghy skipper deputising for Kempe last season.

“Dimitri has a very good record already and won a lot of races last season when he was at the helm,” added Kempe. “Dimitri is a good driver, he’s got a good crew, the boat is in good shape and we’re just looking forward to some good breeze.”

Stevens will be joined on board Contest III by teammates Will Thompson, Butch Agnew, Joe Gordon and Kempe.

Last year saw the crew of Contest III lift the coveted Heritage Trophy for a record tenth consecutive year after making a clean sweep of honours during the season opening May 24th race hosted by St George’s Dinghy and Sports Club.

Contest III is also the two-time defending Coronation Cup champions.

The fitted dinghy is unique to Bermuda and has been in existence for more than a century. The first recorded race involving fitted dinghies was held August 26, 1853 in St George’s Harbour.

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Published May 23, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated May 22, 2013 at 6:55 pm)

Teen Stevens makes fitted dinghy history

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